Striolated Bunting (1st record, SAANR, 14 Aug 2013)
Striolated Bunting (2nd record, Wafra Oilfield, 16 Nov 2013)
Scientific Name 
Emberiza striolata
Arabic Name 
درسة مخططة الرأس
14.0 cm
Least Concern


The Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. It is a resident breeder of dry country from the Canary Islands, east through southwest Asia to northwestern India. It breeds in remote wadis (not around human habitation like the related House Bunting), usually close to streams or water, laying 2-4 eggs in a nest on the ground or in a hole in it. Its natural food consists of insects when feeding young, and otherwise seeds. It is 14 cm long, similar in size to the House Bunting and smaller than the similarly plumaged Rock Bunting.
Where in Kuwait 
The first record was seen at Tahla in SAANR in July 2013 and the second record as recent as November 2013 in Wafra Oil Field.
In the world 
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable. The population is suspected to be increasing since it has been expanding into Morocco for the past century and is well suited to newly created urban habitats.
Local threats 
Shooting, as with other Bunting species.